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The tragic news that Adam West passed away at the age of 88 certainly hit many of us hard. The man singlehandedly made a household name and brought the comic book character back from the brink of cancellation. Notorious for his bright batsuit, never-ending supply of gadgets and the unforgettable Batusi, West's Batman is undoubtedly one of the greatest characters of all time.

But perhaps what he was best-known for were the impromptu life-lessons he would teach us in the middle of his crimefighting escapades. No matter how deadly or impossible of a scenario he found himself in, he would use the experience to teach us a valuable lesson.

Thus, while we all should indeed mourn this icon's loss, it's equally important to celebrate his legendary career and acknowledge how his Batman was so much more than a crimefighter — he was a role model. With that in mind, let's take a look back at the important life lessons we learned from West's Caped Crusader.

1. Road Safety Is A Priority

When in the midst of chasing Catwoman through Gotham City, Batman and Robin rushed to the Batmobile. But before setting off, the Caped Crusader noticed something: the Boy Wonder didn't fasten his Safety Bat-Belt. After quizzing him about it, Batman reminded us all that, no matter how short a distance we are travelling, motorist safety is imperative.

2. We Should Always Have Good Dental Hygiene

Despite saving Gotham from many colorful criminals, West's Batman never failed to use these encounters as an example and teach us a lesson about something else entirely — even dental hygiene. When the Riddler tried to kill Robin by pushing him off a building, Batman saved his partner by throwing the Bat-Rope down to him and telling him to grab it with his teeth.

While it sounds impossible, Batman managed to drag his friend to safety before remarking that he owes his life to dental hygiene. Always brush your teeth, folks.

3. Good Grammar Is Essential

It's good to know that while Batman was teaching us all about the importance of crimefighting, he was also teaching Robin about the importance of grammar. This was highlighted when he and Robin caught Catwoman and her goons off-guard, and Robin informed them that they couldn't get away from Batman "that easy." Batman corrected Robin with "easily" before telling his friend that good grammar is essential.

This moment was one of the many whimsical but educational scenes that the show became renowned for.

4. Even Crimefighters Need Nutrition

[Credit: ABC]
[Credit: ABC]

It doesn't matter how serious the crime is — if your investigation leads you to a burger joint, then you're going to make time to enjoy some food. Why? Because you need nutrition. At least that's what Batman told us when he and Robin ended up at an outdoor restaurant and the Boy Wonder commented on how hungry he was. Batman happily requested two Bat-burgers, as he informed us that even crimefighters need to eat ... especially Robin, as he was "a growing boy" who needed nutrition.

5. You Can't Outwit The Law

[Credit: 20th Century Fox]
[Credit: 20th Century Fox]

Throughout the entire series, West's Batman would often break into a brief monologue about the importance of personal morals. Whether he was telling us that crime doesn't pay or defying seductive persuasion, he always stood by living by a code of ethics. This is something he had no issue saying outright to Eartha Kitt's Catwoman in the third season before breaking the fourth wall and directly addressing the viewers.

The statement was touching because it used the idea that Batman would always be there to stop anyone from letting themselves down — and for anyone who grew up with West's Batman, that's exactly what he was there to do.

6. Jaywalking Is Extremely Hazardous

[Credit: Warner Bros.]
[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Fifty years after the series debuted, West reunited with Burt Ward and Julie Newmar as they voiced their iconic characters in the acclaimed animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. Set in the same universe as the original series, the film brought back many of the colorful aspects that made it such a success. And despite having to stop the Penguin, the Joker, the Riddler and Catwoman, Batman was once again able to make time for an important life lesson.

As Robin went to run off again, Batman warned him that "jaywalking is extremely hazardous" before shouting in vintage Adam West style, "Quickly Robin, to the crosswalk!" It was amazing to hear the legend reprise the role he made famous while making time to teach us one more important lesson.

If we learned anything from Adam West's Batman, it's that fighting crime isn't the only aspect of being a superhero. No matter how dastardly the foe or inescapable the circumstance, the Bright Knight always made time to tell us about the rights and wrongs of life. For that reason, he will always be so much more than just a crimefighter; Adam West is and always will be a true role model.

Rest in peace, Mr. West. Thank you for all the great advice. We're better off because of it.

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